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30 Sep 2005

Sophos experts to present at Virus Bulletin 2005 conference in Dublin

Jason Bruce
Jason Bruce will be presenting a paper about adware.
Dmitry Samosseiko
Dmitry Samosseiko.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, today announced that experts from SophosLabs™, will be presenting at the Virus Bulletin 2005 (VB2005) conference in Dublin, 5-7 October 2005.

Jason Bruce, manager of detection development, and Dmitry Samosseiko, head of spam operations at SophosLabs, will be giving two separate talks at the 15th international Virus Bulletin conference.

Jason's paper, "Defining rules for acceptable adware", explores how industry-wide guidelines could be created which would make it clearer what behavior by advertising software is acceptable, and which isn't.

"Awareness of the issues associated with adware is increasing, but the consumer is becoming confused rather than educated," explained Jason Bruce. "We currently have a breed of software that is in a limbo classification somewhere between legitimate software and malware. Adware needs to be cleaned up so that consumers are informed and legitimate adware vendors in affiliate programs are treated fairly."

Dmitry Samosseiko's paper, "Genotype spam detection", examines Sophos's unique Genotype™ technology. The technology helps proactively and reliably detect new emerging virus and spam threats. In the case of spam threats it can detect future mutations of a spam campaign in cases when conventional anti-spam techniques are less efficient or simply do not work.

Samosseiko will explore real-world examples of how the technology has helped protect customers from long-lasting spam campaigns.

The 15th Virus Bulletin International Conference will take place 5-7 October 2005 at The Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.

About the Virus Bulletin conference

Over its 14-year history, the Virus Bulletin (VB) conference has become a major highlight of the anti-virus calendar, with many of its regular attendees citing it as the anti-virus event of the year. The VB conference provides a focus for the AV industry, representing an opportunity for experts in the anti-virus arena to share their research interests, discuss methods and technologies and set new standards, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put their technologies into practice in the real world.

While in the past the conference has focused exclusively on computer viruses and malware threats, it has seen an expansion of the program to cover topics relating to spam and anti-spam techniques. Delegates range from dedicated AV researchers to security experts from government and military organizations, legal, financial and educational institutions and large corporations worldwide.

More information about the conference can be found on the VB2005 website.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.